Newcastle United (0) 2 Arsenal (0) 0

Premier League

St. James’ Park, Barrack Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST

Monday, seventeenth Might 2022. Kick-off time: 8.00pm

(4-2-3-1) Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhães, Nuno Tavares; Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Ødegaard, Emile Smith-Rowe; Eddie Nketiah.

Substitutes: Bernd Leno; Alexandre Lacazette, Cédric Soares, Nicolas Pépé, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Gabriel Martinelli, Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand, Zak Swanson, Charlie Patino

Yellow Playing cards: Ben White, Eddie Nketiah, Granit Xhaka

Arsenal Possession Share: 49%

Referee: Darren England

Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin, Dan Robathan

Fourth Official: Craig Pawson

VAR Team at Stockley Park: VAR Jarred Gillett; AVAR Nick Hopton

Attendance: 52,274

Allow us to not dwell on final Thursday’s horrible consequence, as an alternative we have to focus completely on these final two, essential, nail-biting matches, the primary of which is tonight at St. James’ Park towards Newcastle United. Massive strain tonight; if we don’t win, then the coveted fourth place shall be out of our fingers on Sunday afternoon. Completely all the things to play for this night, chaps.

We kicked off tonight’s recreation, this the primary of two vitally necessary matches for us inside the area of six days. Inside a minute, each goalkeepers acquired a really feel of the ball, however our man Aaron Ramsdale slipped as he cleared efficiently, however the ball flew down the pitch fortunately for him (and us). Each groups weree extraordinarily cautious of one another within the early levels with sturdy tackling being exchanged throughout the pitch. We efficiently minimize out a ball into Callum Wilson’s path and began a counter-attack which led to Eddie Nketiah having a shot blocked contained in the field, after which Aaron Ramsdale made an error inside our six-yard field, by which he managed to compose himself shortly so as to get the ball away simply as Miguel Almiron was working in on our aim, which was an especially shut shave certainly. Ben White obtained a pointless yellow card for a foul on Callum Wilson, and because the residence aspect had been placing a number of strain on us, our defenders had been actually incomes their cash on the market tonight. Allan Saint-Maximin beat Takehiro Tomiyasu with some fancy footwork, however he hit his cross up and out of play, fortunately. With the house aspect pushing us additional and additional again in our personal half, we managed to absorb their free balls very nicely. The primary probability for Bukayo Saka got here after twenty minutes when he performed a one-two with Martin Ødegaard however his shot was blocked by Dan Burn, and a few mintues later he acquired his second shot of the match in, however goalie Martin Dúbravka acquired down shortly to retrieve the ball. These two probabilities appeared to wake us up a bit, and as Eddie Nketiah acquired near scoring with a few probabilities, it was trying like we might get one thing going right here now in some unspecified time in the future. Possibly. Nevertheless, the house aspect had two corners in a row which went nowhere, after which once more, we had been pushed again deep into our personal half; Allan Saint-Maximin blasted a ball in direction of aim from outdoors our penalty space, which noticed Aaron Ramsdale make an unimaginable save to forestall a sure aim. Takehiro Tomiyasu went right down to the bottom with an damage, which meant that he was unable to proceed any additional, and so Cédric Soares changed him with six minutes of the primary half remaining. Fairly frankly, the half-time whistle couldn’t come quickly sufficient for us, as at instances we regarded in excessive issue; mercifully we acquired to the break in a single piece and managed to carry out a dominant Newcastle United.

The house aspect kicked off an necessary forty-five minutes for us, and virtually immediately, Eddie Nketiah obtained a yellow card for an innocuous conflict with Fabian Schar, the latter hitting his head on the bottom on impression; he was led off by their teaching workers and a concussion substitution got here into being. The house aspect continued the place they stopped on the finish of the primary half, by piling strain on us; fortunately Aaron Ramsdale stored their forwards’ photographs out miraculously. A lacklustre Emile Smith-Rowe was changed by Gabriel Martinelli seven minutes after the restart, and regardless of some good play initially, after simply fifty-six minutes, we conceded the primary aim of the night time after we let in a messy aim courtesy of our personal Ben White, after Callum Wilson obtained a cross from the left by way of the boot of Joelinton. Anyway, so as to salvage one thing from this recreation, Nuno Tavares was changed by Alexandre Lacazette simply after the hour, and nonetheless the Magpies stored coming for us, egged on by the group. After our teaching workers handled each Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette inside a matter of a minute or so, the house aspect practically grabbed a second aim when a ball got here throughout from the proper, and Ben White virtually scored a seeond personal aim when he slid in to clear the ball simply previous Aaron Ramsdale’s put up! We counter-attacked and Gabriel Martinelli’s very good shot led to a few corners for us, which ended with Mohamed Elneny taking an opportunity from thirty yards which was saved by Martin Dúbravka simply. Due to the concussion substitution earlier, Gabriel was changed by Nicolas Pépé with eighteen minutes of the match remaining, and nonetheless the Magpies stored on advancing in direction of our aim. With eleven minutes of the sport remaining, Ryan Fraser flew in direction of our aim (after choosing up a free ball in midfield) and he handed it to Jacob Murphy, whose shot was tipped to security by Aaron Ramsdale; then, with six minutes of the match remaining, Callum Wilson virtually scored from forty yards for the house aspect. He turned Mohamed Elneny too simply after which hit a shocking volley which curled inches vast, leaving Aaron Ramsdale stranded. With 5 minutes of the sport remaining, Newcastle United lastly acquired their second aim when poor defending by us let in Callum Wilson via on aim. Aaron Ramsdale knocked the ball away from his ft however Bruno Guimaraes whacked it into our internet from the sting of the penalty space; Ben White tried to slip it off the road however to no avail. Within the six minutes damage time, the only factor of observe was Granit Xhaka getting booked for a late problem, aside from that, the match was irretrievably misplaced.

One other poor efficiency, one other crucial match misplaced. We didn’t have any solutions to the insupportable strain positioned on our group by Newcastle United, the countless inconsistency, the ambiance within the floor which we merely buckled underneath the noise of the house supporters once more; and sadly, extra unbelievably, we now have misplaced 13 Premier League matches in 2021-22, our joint-highest tally in a thirty-eight recreation season within the competitors with 2017-18 and 2020-21. Horrible statistics. One thing higher change.

Keep in mind everybody, preserve the religion, get behind the group and the manager, as this season goes to be essential for our future success in all competitions. Persist with the winners. Our subsequent match: Everton on the Emirates on Sunday, twenty second Might at 4.00pm (Premier League). Be there, for those who can. Victoria Concordia Crescit.


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